Photograph from an album of 40 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. The tiny hamlet of Halebid in the Hassan district of Karnataka was once known as Dwarasamudra, the flourishing capital of the Hoysalas from the 12th to the 13th centuries. It was destroyed when it fell to the Delhi Sultanate in 1350. The Hoysalas were prolific temple builders, and the Hoysaleshvara temple of Halebid, built to honour Shiva, is an example of their mature style. It was sponsored by Ketamalla, an officer under King Vishnuvardhana in 1121 but completed decades later in the reign of Narasimha I (ca.1142). Lyon's 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' (Marion & Co., London, 1870), edited by James Fergusson, gives the following description of this photograph: 'There are four entrances to this Temple, one at the north, one at the south, and two at the east side, which latter are exactly opposite the two porches, which contain the two stone bulls. One of these eastern entrances is represented in this view. The door itself is modern, having been lately added by the government. The two small shrines, one on each side, are similar to those found at Bailoor, but neither so elegant nor so complete. The windows, it will be observed, lack the richness and variety that distinguish those of the older temple.'